Braves center fielder Michael Bourn missed his second game with a sore left thumb, but Braves hand specialist Gary Lourie determined on Monday there was no structural damage. The Braves are hopeful he can return to the lineup on Wednesday against the Marlins.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez actually left open the possibility that Bourn might play Tuesday night before deciding to give him one more day.
“Nothing structurally there, no ligament damage, no broken bones, just sore,” Gonzalez said. “But he is getting better…We’re shooting for tomorrow.”
Bourn jammed his thumb sliding head-first into second base in the fourth inning on Saturday in Philadelphia. It wasn’t believed to be serious but there was some concern because Bourn had injured that same thumb before. Gonzalez said Bourn told him he’d had it surgically repaired 10 years ago.
Shortstop Paul Janish is another injury concern of the Braves. He’s rehabbing his left shoulder, which he dislocated on Sept. 18 against the Marlins, in the hopes that he can delay surgery until the offseason and be available to play for the Braves during the playoffs.
Gonzalez said at the earliest Janish might return for the Division Series, but it’s a long shot.
“It’s going to be a stretch,” Gonzalez said. “It’ll be touch and go.”